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Man shot near South Hayward BART station

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Police search in Hayward

Police in Hayward are looking for two robbers who targeted a couple walking home from the BART station last night. Though the couple gave up their wallet and purse, one robbery still shot the husband.

Hayward resident Randy Lee usually walks up Tennyson Road to the BART station, but that ended today.

"I can't do it no more," Lee said. "I don't want the same thing to happen to me."

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, two young women were robbed at gunpoint near these stairs as they left the South Hayward BART station. Then, a Hayward couple returning from San Francisco International Airport were confronted by two men on Tennyson Road.

"I can only surmise, but I would expect that after the first robbery, they would have left the area had the other victims not had the misfortune of showing up right at that time," said Lt. Roger Keener with the Hayward Police Department.

The second incident happened around 11:15 p.m. Police say the men demanded the couple's valuables. After getting what they wanted, the unimaginable happened.

"When they do comply, the suspects still shot them -- the male anyway," said Keener. "I don't even know how to describe it. That's barbaric."

The man was hit three times and experienced non-life threatening injuries. Police believe he was taken to Eden's Hospital Trauma Center in Castro Valley where he is in stable condition.

Hayward Police combed the area Tuesday evening around the BART station, but the suspects had taken off in different directions. The event managed to frighten some already nervous residents.

"I never walk," said BART rider Camila Mena. "I usually get a ride, but now I'm going to keep taking rides from my family."

BART rider Andrea Icban said the incident has caused a worry for her.

"It's a worry, every day, no matter if it was a shooting, because the crime rate is rising," said Icban. "It's the same if it was last night or two months ago."

Keener said it's only a matter of time before both suspects are caught.

"I believe we are going to find them," Keener said," because I believe they are in the area."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hayward Police Department.

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